Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate has heaped praise on the group of performance analysts helping their bid to win promotion back to the English Premier League.
The Cherries play Brentford in the semi-final of the Champions play-offs after finishing sixth in the table. The winners of that tie will go up against Barnsley or Swansea in a mammoth Wembley final.
Woodgate is impressed with the group of analysts that were in place when Eddie Howe was manager.
He told The Bournemouth Echo: “They have been really well-drilled. Garvan Stewart runs the shop up there, who has been really good for me. This club is just coming out of the Premier League but at Middlesbrough, I had two who were really good.
“When I got here there was one out of possession and one in possession, one for set-plays, one for goalkeepers, one who does the training sessions.
“Then there is the main one, Garv, who oversees it all. It is a fantastically well-run group – they work extremely hard.
“That benefits us. We do debriefs the day after a game, with the ball and without the ball, which is also exceptional and I’ve never had before.
“The lads who I worked with at Middlesbrough were very good but here, there’s more staff, so we can do more things.”
Howe to Celtic isn’t yet confirmed of course. However, many people are operating on the assumption it’s going to happen.
That’s certainly what the latest reports suggest anyway.
If Howe does indeed arrive then I’m encouraged by Woodgate’s comments. Celtic do currently employ first-team analysts but, as far as I’m aware, not to the level as described above.
Garvan Stewart has been at the Cherries since 2012, so those are the kind of standards that Howe expects at his football club.
If he doesn’t source analysts directly from Bournemouth, then we at least know what kind of detail Howe is aiming for from that department.
Can he bring some much-needed modernisation to the Celtic football department?